Another month, another book list! Since it’s February, we’re diving into a few of our favorite must-read books that recount some of the many triumphs and struggles in Black history. Take a look at our top picks below.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beloved is a gripping tale of an escaped African American slave who is not only haunted by her past, but by the spirit of her deceased child.
The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
This true story examines the intriguing situation of how two boys who grew up with shockingly similar upbringings both ended up with drastically different adulthoods—one a distinguished scholar and the other a convicted murderer.
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
This book delves into a close-knit family’s living situations in Detroit and how changing circumstances within the city affect the lives of the multi-generational household.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
A coming-of-age tale about The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah that highlights his struggles growing up in an interracial family under South Africa’s apartheid.
Sing for Your Life by Daniel Bergner
Ryan Speedo’s journey starts with a tough upbringing riddled by poverty, drugs, and imprisonment, but a nationwide Opera competition changes his life forever.
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
The book that inspired the film, Hidden Figures tells the untold story of the black female mathematicians who helped send man to space during the Cold War.
My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King
Read the life story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife, Coretta Scott King—a women who stood brave and determined through adversity and violence.
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
By using a medication to darken his skin tone, a white journalist in the 1950s recalls what happened after he gave everything up and lived the life of an unemployed black man.
Why We Can’t Wait by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. explores the history of civil rights and the events that took place during this battle for equality.
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